Whistle Lake, Anacortes WA 7

DSC_0803Over spring break we hit up one of our favorite kid-friendly hiking spots in Anacortes, WA. The Whistle Lake trail is almost perfectly flat and it’s a beautiful trail for families or beginning hikers. 

Besides being a great hiking spot, Anacortes has tons of other fun things to do as well. After hiking this trail, stop by the Fidalgo Drive-In for the BEST burgers and shakes, or the Donut House for inexpensive and amazing  donuts! If you’re looking for a sandwich shop, you must go to Gere-a-Deli or for a nice dinner, visit the highly recommended Adrift.  Honestly, I could go on and on……We love this town. We love the hiking trails, the food, the people, the scenery. It’s a great spot to visit, for sure!

Here are the details for this hike:

Who: Kids/Beginning Hikers/Anyone looking for a nice, beautiful walk

What: Whistle Lake, Anacortes  3.7 miles roundtrip

Where: From I-5 in Mount Vernon, take the exit 230 for Hwy 20, signed for Burlington/Anacortes. If you are northbound, stay in the left lane, and turn left onto Hwy 20 west. In 11.4 miles, 20 splits. The left hand turn lane heads south to Whidbey Island. You will stay straight, keeping on the 20 west spur heading toward Anacortes. At the traffic circle, follow the circle around to the left and turn onto Commercial Ave. You will be going south. Follow Commercial to Fidalgo, turn right on Fidalgo. From Fidalgo, turn left onto ‘O’ street. Follow ‘O’ as it winds around through housing. Turn left onto Spradley Road (there will be a sign for Whistle Lake). Turn right onto Whistle Lake Road, then left onto Whistle Lake Terrace. Take the right at the ‘Y’ and follow the dirt road. Follow the signs to the trailhead. There is room at the trailhead for about 10 cars. There are no bathrooms, but there is a vault toilet at the trail intersection just before you reach the lake.

Pass Required: None

Here are a few photos from our adventure……….DSC_0804DSC_0808DSC_0813DSC_0828DSC_0834

What fun family adventures have you done lately?


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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

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